Everything you need to know about Graham Crackers in the UK
American foodie treats are becoming more and more popular in the UK but many of them require something called a Graham Cracker.
But what is a graham cracker and where do you get it in the UK?
Read on to find out. Also how to make graham crackers yourself and a couple of easy substitutes to graham crackers for those tasty American treats.
What is a Graham Cracker?
A graham cracker – pronounced “grahmm” cracker, a bit like gram but with a “h” squashed in – is a biscuit orignally created in 1829 by a chap called Sylvester Graham.
Sylvester was a Presbyterian Minister in New Jersey who longed to create a healthy and pure biscuit. In fact he was after a biscuit that would help curb carnal appetite!
So, to find this biscuit he took unbleached white flour and mixed it with wheat bran and germ to create a wholesome, unsweetened and vegetarian biscuit.
Sylvester, his ideas and his biscuits caught on and they were soon named after him and thus Graham Crackers were born.
Over the years they have become “less pure” and had sugars and other tasty items added to them and have become a staple of the American store cupboard and used in classic recipes such as campfire s’mores or pumpkin pie.
But where do you get them from the in the UK?
Where to buy Graham Crackers in the UK?
Despite the popularity of American comfort food in the UK it can still be quite difficult to track down Graham Crackers in the UK shops. However, they are there and it just takes some looking. But luckily we’ve done that for you.
The prevailing brands are Nabisco Graham Crackers and Honey Maid Graham Crackers that are both available from Amazon with boxes starting from approximately £10.
As a side note Nabisco also make the well-known treat Oreo Cookies.
Graham Crackers are available from the following UK Online stores:
Sadly, and we have checked quite a bit, Graham Crackers are NOT available in the major UK supermarkets including:
You may find Graham Crackers in Aldi or Lidl but it is difficult to tell in advance as you cannot search their range online and the product range in store can be quite random.
Depending on what you plan to use your Graham Crackers for you may be better off buying a product specific food kit rather than individual crackers. Just take a look at the following two Graham Cracker kits.
UK Substitutes for Graham Crackers
Finding a substitute can depend on the recipe or need for Graham crackers in the first place, but a general rule of thumb is to just replace them with your favourite biscuits and here are a couple of suggestions.
If making S’mores then you could try digestives just like we did here. You might think they are a bit thick so another alternative could be digestive thins or malted milk biscuits.
If you are making a cheese cake or pumpkin pie then try Maryland double chocolate cookies for the base if you love chocolate, or ginger biscuits for a really good crunch with a bit of bite. We have used both and find them great choices. And crushing them up with a rolling pin is great for stress relief.
How to make Graham Crackers
If it just has to be Graham Crackers and you are not interested in the packs available from Amazon then you could try making your own.
The ingredients you need can again be a bit tricky to track down but here they are:
- All purpose flour or Graham flour if you can find it
- Wholemeal flour
- Wheat germ (try Holland and Barrett)
- Unsalted Butter
- Light brown sugar
- Honey or Agar Nectar
As you can guess the approach is like any biscuit. Just mix everything together and cook. In fact here is a great Graham Cracker recipe from sweet2eatbaking.
Or, check out these videos from the Joy of Baking and Anna Olsen to see how to make Graham Crackers.
If this looks like to much hassle then just grab a box from Amazon.